Do you have a maritime consultant available at a moment’s notice?
If not you may be in a world of hurt in the event of a marine incident, especially if it involves serious injury or loss of life!
Having a consultant that has extensive hands-on experience at the coal face in all DCV sectors and not just pieces of paper hanging on the wall.
An experienced consultant can guide you through the minefield of marine incidents, provide advice on many maritime issues and assist with the many issues that often arise out of the blue.
Take marine incidents as an example, if you follow MO504 Clause 9 Follow-up on hazardous occurrences and non-conformities you need to complete a form that:
- Identifies the date the form was completed
- Identifies who completed the form
- Provides the contact details of the person completing the form
- Provides details of the incident or non-conformity
- Details the actions taken to prevent or minimise it happening again.
This form should be completed every time there is an incident or non-conformity identified, you do that don’t you? If you don’t, then you’re not complying with MO504!
While this may sound easy it can be tricky to complete, that is why having an experienced marine consult is a valuable asset. They should be able to identify what went wrong and provide reliable advice on how to prevent or minimise it happening again.
Then we have training issues, how often do you need to undertake ongoing training (drills) and what drills should be prioritised.
These and so many other things are what an experienced maritime consultant can help you with. So, do you have a marine consultant that has hands on experience in vessel operations, emergency response and all the other items required?
In addition a consultant must know and understand all required legislation and AMSA requirements to ensure you get the right advice. They must also be able to work with AMSA and WHS to ensure any advice given is accurate and up to date.
While there are a lot of maritime consultants out there, most of them are focused on ships and shipping not DCV’s in sectors such as commercial fishing, charter operations, etc.
What you need is a company with a long history in DCV’s in all sectors and whose consultants have not only the qualifications but also extensive hands on experience in vessel operations, management and all the other aspects required to provide you with a first grade consultancy service.
You need a consultant that can and does deliver when needed, not just based on $’s. Your consultant must value your business and the safety of all workers and crew members.
When you’re looking for a consultant that can deliver you need to determine their background and level of experience in the area you operate. You need to do this to ensure they can deliver the best possible service and provide outcomes that benefit you and your business.
Many consultants want to be put on a retainer and that is understandable but not always practical for you due to frequency or requirements and potential financial constraints.
The bottom line is you need to have direct access to a credible marine consultant when you need one!
Our top recommendation is to seek a consultant who specialises in DCV’s and who has both the technical and operational background to deliver what you need. Also, ensure they can deliver not only what you need but also on time and budget.
Don’t enter into an ongoing financial commitment without going through what you get, how many consultancy hours are included and the ongoing cost above those hours.
Have a look at Shorlink’s Managed Service plans where we include consultancy hours based on your operational history. It works out cheaper than you think!
Alternatively contact our office for an obligation free discussion about what we can deliver for you!